CTA Surface System History presented by the Illinois Railway Museum

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The CTA map index was researched and devised by Roy Benedict and Bob Heinlein. Thanks to both these gentlemen, we are able to benefit from the hard work and dedication.

Dates on Pre-CTA maps have been gathered from research of the printed map itself as well as information from experts.

COMING SOON - We hope to get scans of the insides of each map. We are currently working on getting that arranged.

Pre-CTA Maps

The Union Elevated Loop - 1898


The Chicago and Interurban Trolley Guide - 1908


Summer Outings in Chicago via Elevated Railroads - 1915


Sightseeing via Chicago Surface Lines - 1921


Rerouting of Cars on Chicago Surface Lines - 09/14/1924


Eucharistic Congress Chicago Surface Lines Sightseeing Guide - 06/20/1926


Routes to Mundelein and the Eucharistic Congress - 06/1926


Seeing Chicago the Motor Coach Way - c Late 1920s * NEW *


Chicago Surface Lines Routes in Central Business District - 1928


Seeing Greater Chicago by the Chicago Surface Lines - 1928 * NEW *


Seeing Greater Chicago by the Chicago Surface Lines - 1929


See Chicago, Use Chicago Surface Lines - 1930s


Republican Notional Convention Service Information - 1932


Travel Map and Guide to Chicago's Attractions (Ride the "L" Above Congestion) - 1933


"L" Map of Chicago - Rapid Transit Lines - 1933


Chicago Motor Coach - Loop Guide - 1933 * NEW *


See Chicago and A Century of Progress Exposition, Use Chicago Surface Lines - 03/1933


Chicago Map Showing "L" Rapid Transit Lines - 1934


Chicago Motor Coach - Free Map and Guide to Beautiful Chicago - 1934


See Chicago, Use Chicago Surface Lines - 04/1934


Map of Transfer Stations Between Rapid Transit and Surface Lines - 1935


Transfers Between Chicago Surface Lines and Chicago Rapid Transit - 1935


Map of Chicago and Suburbs, Rapid Transit "L" Lines - 1935


See Chicago, Use Chicago Surface Lines - 1935


Chicago Map, Ride the "L" - 1936


Elevated Map of Chicago - 1935


See Chicago, Use Chicago Surface Lines - 1937


The Elevated Map of Chicago and Suburbs - 09/1939


Transportation Map of Chicago - 05/1940


Rapid Transit Time Table of Trains - 10/1940


Chicago Rapid Transit Map (Green) - 1940s


Chicago Rapid Transit Map (Yellow) - 1940s


Chicago Rapid Transit Lines Transportation Map - 07/1941


Chicago by Surface Lines - 1942


Transportation Map, Chicago Rapid Transit Lines - 05/1942


Chicago Rapid Transit Map - 1943


Chicago's New Subway and Elevated Railroad Connections - 02/1943


Chicago Motor Coach - "The City Beautiful" Chicago Map and Guide - c1951 * NEW *




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